Homes found for entire electric museum stock

By Robin Jones

ALL 41 rail vehicles at Coventry’s unique Electric Railway Museum have been found new homes following the venue’s enforced closure by the city council.

Heritage lines across the country have rallied round to offer accommodation for the museum’s exhibits, which have had to be dispersed across the country because a single-site replacement cannot be afforded.

The sole-surviving Class 305 EMU built by the LMS for service on lines around Wirral and the Mersey. ROBIN JONES

The Colne Valley, Battlefield, East Kent and the new Blaenau Ffestiniog & Trawsfynydd railways have all agreed to take exhibits in the museum’s hour of need, while others have gone to private sites for safekeeping.

Final open day

The museum, which is located next to Coventry Airport at Baginton, held its final open day on Sunday, October 8.

It was attended by around 1000 visitors. A special beer, Third R-Ale, brewed to mark the sad occasion, was on sale during a beer and cider festival.

A free vintage bus service from Coventry city centre to the site and back was operated by the museum throughout the day. The venue’s 7¼in-gauge miniature railway was in operation and there were shunting demonstrations.

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